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EAPC Secondary Prevention and Rehabilitation Section

The objectives of this section are:

To promote excellence in practice, research and education regarding the secondary prevention and rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease, and to offer quality standards to all healthcare providers (cardiologists, physiotherapists, clinical exercise physiologists, cardiac nurses, nutritionists, psychologists, social workers and others) and decision makers. 

The section's mission:

This mission includes, but is not limited to:

  • Enhancement of healthy lifestyles (by dietary counselling, exercise prescription/training and physical activity, psychosocial and motivational counselling/health, smoking cessation)
  • Risk factor management (e.g. obesity, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidaemia and non-conventional risk factors)
  • Implementation of comprehensive, multidisciplinary prevention and exercise-based rehabilitation programs (centre-based and tele-rehabilitation) for persons with acquired or congenital cardiovascular disease or elevated cardiovascular risk (including challenging populations such as organ transplant recipients or persons with chronic renal failure, frailty or cancer)
  • Basic and translational research to study the underlying mechanisms involved in the health-promoting effects of secondary prevention and rehabilitation, which will contribute to optimised treatments to persons with cardiovascular disease

Section Nucleus 2022-2024

Chair: Roberto Pedretti (IT)
Chair-elect: Matthias Wilhelm (CH)
Secretary: Véronique Cornelissen (BE)
Past-Chair, Executive Officer liaison: Dominique Hansen (BE)

Nucleus members:

  • Maria Back (SE)
  • Scott Bowen (UK)
  • Stefan Busnatu (RO)
  • Carmen de Pablo y Zarzosa (ES)
  • Andreas Gevaert (BE)
  • Dominique Hansen (BE)
  • Jari Laukkanen (FI)
  • Elena Marques Sule (ES)
  • Daniel Neunhaeuserer (IT)
  • Elena Osto (CH)
  • Annett Salzwedel (DE)
  • Kai Savonen (FI)
  • Martijn Scherrenberg (BE)
  • Elena Tessitore (CH)
  • David R Thompson (UK)

Advisors (non-voting):

  • Nicolle Kränkel (DE)
  • Henner Hanssen (CH)
  • Marcus Dörr (DE)

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